Montclair Pop Warner Season Finishes with Teams at Top of North Jersey League

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The Montclair Recreation/Pop Warner Bulldogs completed one of their most successful seasons, with 4 of the Bulldogs’ 6 teams, finishing in first place in their respected divisions. The locals went 3-3 in action against the Jackie Robinson Bears (Newark) this past Sunday in the final week of the 2014 regular season.

The Blue & White Flag football teams (ages 5-7) split games with Jackie Robinson, with the Bulldogs White team (4-3) losing a tough 14-0 defeat to the Bears. The team has showed progress each week and looks to be a force next season in NJPW. Standouts for the team were Aaron Smith and Zion Gordon.

Montclair Bulldogs Wide Receiver Elijah Brown.

Montclair Bulldogs Wide Receiver Elijah Brown.

The Bulldogs Blue team (6-0-1) remained hot, defeating the Bears 28-0 behind a strong ground game, with three touchdown runs from QB Kendall Jones and another on a pass reception from Wide Receiver Malachi Goodman. Standouts for the Blue team were Joe Feli and Reed Oliver.

Both teams will close out 2014 this Saturday, October 25, at the North Jersey Pop Warner Flag-a-thon, an all-day event that celebrates the season for all North Jersey flag teams with medals for the players and inflatable rides for the kids. Continue Reading

Montclair Turns Out To Celebrate Literacy With The Little Read

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Actor Frankie Faison had kids entralled during his stint in the Big Red Chair.

Actor Frankie Faison had kids enthralled during his stint in the Big Red Chair.

There was a whole lot of reading this past weekend as the Montclair Public Library celebrated community and literacy with the sixth annual The Little Read. Montclair community members from all walks of life took time out of their lives to enjoy the rewarding experience of reading to children. Check out the familiar, famous and friendly faces in this slideshow and see how many people you recognize.

Photos: Chanda Hall. Additional photos: Jennifer Friedberg

Montclair Board of Education Deals With Proficiency Improvements, Fair Pay for Paraprofessionals

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Montclair Schools Superintendent Penny MacCormack and Montclair Board of Education president David Deutsch

Montclair Schools Superintendent Penny MacCormack and Montclair Board of Education president David Deutsch

With a little more than six weeks into the 2014-15 school year, the Montclair School District’s chief academic officer, Gail Clarke, briefed the Montclair Board of Education on the district’s efforts at meeting goals set for the year gone by at the board’s October 20 meeting.  Among the objectives were getting 80 percent of all students at all grades to demonstrate growth in tests in reading, writing, mathematic, social studies and science, with more specific efforts at getting 80 percent of elementary school students from kindergarten to third grade to improve their reading skills with the same percentage of third-graders to read at grade level,  having 80 percent of all students from third to eighth grade show proficiency in the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJASK), and having special-education students, racial and ethnic minorities, and poor students increase their proficiency on the NJASK by three percent or more. Continue Reading

Watch Live: Montclair BOE Meeting

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Montclair BOE Meeting: Progress Report on Goal of “High Expectations & Achievement for All”

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“High Expectations & Achievement for All” is the first goal — and according to Montclair Schools Superintendent Penny MacCormack — the most important of the district’s Strategic Plan.

At the halfway mark of the two-year plan, a progress report on the academic achievement aspect of this goal will be presented by Chief Academic Officer Gail Clarke at Monday night’s Montclair Board of Education meeting. The meeting will be held in the Montclair High School Auditorium, 100 Chestnut St., at 7:30 p.m., and will be streamed live on Baristanet.

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The district has been implementing a number of strategies to meet the goal of “High Expectations and Achievement for All,” including encouraging the sharing of best practices among teachers. In addition to offering professional development, teachers can now turn to content specialists within the school to have their questions addressed immediately.

“There’s now an expert in each school that can help them right then and there,” MacCormack said.

Another key factor to reaching the highest achievement for all, MacCormack said, is responding to teachers’ needs. Continue Reading

Halloween Treats For Kids With Food Allergies: The Teal Pumpkin Project

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Teal-Pumpkin-Project-2Everyone knows someone affected by food allergies. Researchers estimate that up to 15 million Americans have food allergies and that 1 in every 13 children are affected by this disease. The numbers are on the rise, according to the CDC who says that the increase in food allergies among children is approximately 50% between 1997 and 2011. In 2006, about 88% of schools had one or more students with a food allergy.

Food allergies are serious and can sometimes be deadly. A mild reaction could lead to an itchy, burning or swollen tongue or mouth. A severe reaction can lead to anaphylaxis which also includes difficulty breathing and/or reduced blood pressure which is often characterized by a weak pulse, confusion, or a loss of consciousness.

Teal is the recognized color for food allergy awareness. Events, walks and fundraisers have often used the color as a sign of community and a way to show support to those who are affected. And this year, teal is taking Halloween by storm. Teal pumpkins are beginning to show up on front steps nationwide as part of The Teal Pumpkin Project. Continue Reading

Montclair’s Community Service Unit Hosts First “Coffee with a Cop” Event

BY  |  Sunday, Oct 19, 2014 8:44am  |  COMMENTS (0)

MPD CSULast Friday morning, from 8 a.m. until just past 10 a.m., the Montclair Police Department’s Community Service Unit (CSU) chatted with residents outside Trend Coffee House in the first “Coffee with a Cop” event. All four of the CSU officers were present, as well as Sergeant Tyrone Williams, who commands the CSU. The beautiful weather encouraged locals to peruse the literature available as well as ask questions about pedestrian safety, recent crime reports, firearm safety, traffic policy, and other community concerns.

Officer Cook, the CSU liaison officer assigned to the Second Ward, said that the Montclair PD hopes to hold these casual and community focused events once a month in different areas of Montclair. The goal is to widen the avenues of communication between Montclair residents and the officers charged with protecting and serving the community. Officer Allen, the Fourth Ward CSU liaison, shared that she and other officers who both live and work in Montclair feel a great connection to the community and its residents.MPD CSU School's Open Continue Reading

Free Halloween Portraits Return by Montclair’s Portraits By Michael Stahl

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Halloween 2014The tradition continues. Portraits by Michael Stahl will open the studio doors to trick or treaters of all ages and create free portraits of the ghouls and goblins. They will then post the images on their Facebook page for you to share with friends and family.

Even better — bring a nice sized bag of groceries with you to the studio and Portraits by Michael Stahl will send you a high resolution file which you can use to make your own prints.

“Last year, we donated about 20 bags of groceries to the Human Needs Food Pantry in Montclair,” says Stahl. “As we approach Thanksgiving the food pantry really needs the support.” Continue Reading

Montclair Recreation Adds Second Halloween Magic Show

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Due to popular demand, Montclair Recreation added a second Halloween magic show on Saturday, October 25, at 5:30 p.m. Both the 4:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. shows will be held in the Montclair Municipal Building Council Chambers, 205 Claremont Avenue.

Come see a ghost be sawed in half, a spider do a card trick and Frankenstein lose his head! This non-spooky interactive show is perfect for all ages and will feature the magic of Joe Fischer, who has performed at many township First Night events.

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Montclair Cooperative to Hold Annual Bookapalooza Book Fair Starts Today

BY  |  Friday, Oct 17, 2014 7:02am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Bookapalooza_graphic3Today, the Montclair Cooperative School and Watchung Booksellers begin Bookapalooza, a three-day festival packed with fun and informative activities for families and kids of every age. Running today, Friday, October 17 to Sunday, October 19, the annual event will feature a book fair, a pop-up bookworm café, a series of ‘meet the author’ sessions and an artisan market. A highlight of the event this year is its guest author program, with writers reading from and signing their published works. This year’s theme from the chosen authors, each with a local connection, is “Eat, Read, Love.” Continue Reading

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wildwoodben Most of the attendees who spoke at the last meeting made constructive suggestions that the DeCamp honchos promised to consider. Many were very simple and inexpensive to implement, The fact that nothing has been announced or changed in 6 months speaks volumes.

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